Independent, non-profit company in the US. Representation of the interests of public and state health bodies, machine and food manufacturers. Establishes standards for materials and design for use in the beverage, food and pharmaceutical industries. The assessment of the compliance of a test object is carried out by an inspector on the basis of the design drawing and a visual inspection. If this is positive, 3-A issues a certificate. In addition to the parts coming into contact with the process, the exterior design (case etc.) must comply with certain guidelines, for example, no liquid may remain on flat surfaces.